After more than 44 years as a member of the RCMP, Staff Sgt. Maj. Dave Tipple will hang up his spurs on June 25.
Tipple, who joined the RCMP on March 23, 1970, will retire as the longest serving Mountie in Newfoundland and Labrador.
“I simply loved my job,” he says, when asked why he served for so long.
Tipple is originally from Corner Brook. After recruit training at the RCMP’s Depot in Regina he was posted to Flin Flon, Man., and throughout his career served in Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Manitoba and throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.
Over the years, he served in general duty policing to highway patrol, customs and excise, drug enforcement, national intelligence, human resources and federal enforcement.
He was on duty at the G8 Summit in Toronto, the Francophone Summit in Moncton, the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City, the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver/Whistler, and the G20 Summit in Toronto.
He has served on the protective teams for several prime ministers of Canada from Pierre Trudeau to present Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and for governor generals.
Tipple was also assigned to protective duties for Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles, Lady Diana, Prince Edward, Princess Anne, Pope John Paul ll, numerous heads of state and ambassadors, including presidents of the United States George H.W. Bush and George W Bush.
And he was a pall bearer for the last father of confederation, Joseph R. Smallwood.
In 2008, Tipple was a member of the RCMP Ceremonial Troop that performed in Hamburg, Berlin and Cologne. During this tour he had the opportunity to Vimy Ridge Memorial and Beaumont Hamel in France.
In 2009, Tipple was promoted to the coveted position of RCMP Staff Sergeant Major for Newfoundland and Labrador. There is no higher grade of rank for noncommissioned officers in Newfoundland and Labrador, and no greater honour. The person in this position carries out policies and standard of the performance, training, appearance and conduct of all police officers.
He has received the following awards: Member of Merit of the Police Forces, Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, RCMP 40 year Long Service Medal gold and silver clasp with 4 Stars and National French Defense Bronze Medal.
Tipple is married to Valgene Tipple (nee Sheppard) from Bell Island. They have two boys, Mark (Renee) and Sean (Natasha) and three grandsons (Parker, Spencer and Samuel). Sean is a serving member of the RCMP stationed at Trinity Conception.